My latest make which is in demand is this Advent cushion. A novel idea with a lovely Christmas decoration which I found on my trip to new York last year!
On a visit to New Zealand in January this year I picked up a lovely pattern for a Christmas tree wallhanging and in time for the festive season I have made it!
The swirls are made with scraps of black print cotton fabrics and the circles and star are made from a corron print that I bought in New Zealand. It is stitched on to a linen background and embellished with tiny diamante before stretching on to an artists canvas.
After muttering to myself that it was far too early to be having selection boxes and decorations in the shops I find myself planning a design for this years Christmas cards to send to friends! And below is one design that I have created.
First step was to dye the fabric which I then overprinted with a rollergraph. I then added foil and chose an embroidery stitch from my sewing machine to add a little texture. To finish off I added a wooden Christmas tree which was cut from a roll of Christmas string.
I have been experimenting with pipe cleaners to make these ones -a bit fiddly but they do look quite effective when completed. I have made a stamp with string to see what printed ones will look like?
Posted in Cards
Tagged Christmas, Christmas cards, Christmas string, Christmas tree, decorations, fabric painting, foil, foiling, painted fabric, pipe cleaner Christmas tree, pipe cleaners, rollergraph, rusting fabric, selection boxes, stamp, stamp for printing, wooden Christmas tree
Inspired by the indigo bath experimentation and as the sun was shining I decided to play around with dyeing some fabrics in the garden.
I used the polystyrene balls again to see what effect I could achieve with fabric paints. I painted this sample red as I have an idea for making Christmas cards similar to the abstract fabric ones I made last year
I then used bull dog clips to concertina the fabric which was then painted green and left in the sun. The colour isn’t strong but it has given and interesting stripe design to the fabric.
I painted a piece of fabric orange, scrunched it up in the tray and left it to dry – close to another piece of fabric – hence the tinge of green!
I plan to use the orange and green colours on an autumnal theme that I have in mind.
And finally, I used bubble wrap over painted fabric, which wasn’t as effective as previously so I will be overdyeing that piece of fabric!
Posted in Fabric Dyeing and Printing
Tagged autumn, autumnal, bulldog clips, Christmas, Christmas cards, fabric dyeing, Fabric paints, gree dye, indigo bath, orange dye, painted fabric, polystyrene balls, red dye, stripe fabric, sun dyeing
Today I visited a friend to spend the day experimenting with indigo dye and what a lovely day it was too! Having gathered an array of fabrics, string, bulldog clips, elastic bands, thread, polystyrene balls etc we set to work with some interesting results.
We experimented by trapping the polystyrene balls in the fabric with elastic bands which gave these amazing results
Then we used a piece of fabric printed with dragonflies. Here we put a piece of cling film over the dragon fly and then trapped the polystyrene ball underneath with an elastic band.
Next we took a piece of fabric, folded it and sewed it down before dipping it into the indigo, This produced a great effect.
And finally, we overdyed some fabric that I didn’t particularly like – with some very pleasing results!
Now I just need to decide what to do with all these lovely samples!!!!
Posted in Farbic art
Tagged bulldog clips, cling film, dragonfly fabric, elastic bands, fabric dyeing, indigo, indigo dyeing, over printing, polystyrene balls, shibori, string
Having painted the conservatory for the summer I have been busy making new cushion covers to match. The pattern for this one was in a Stitch embroidery magazine and gave the opportunity to practice my free machine embroidery. I have used scraps of silk, leather and linen to make the pebble shapes.
And this one I made from a scrap bag that I bought from Sew Lovely fabric shop in Penarth
Lots of scraps left so I need to have a think about what to use them for!
Posted in Cushions
Tagged cushions, leather, linen, pebble, Penarth, scrap bag, scraps, Sew Lovely, Sew Lovely Penarth, silk, stitch embroidery magazine
This year is Roald Dahl’s centenary and to mark the occasion the Telegraph newspaper were giving away bags at the Hay Festival that had an image of the BFG on it.
So, I decided that to get the best use out of my bag I would make it into a cushion. And here it is……
Just need to find a good home for it now!
Posted in Bags, Cushions
Tagged bag, calico bags, centenary, cushion, Hay Festival, Hay on Wye, newspaper, Roald Dahl, Telegraph, Telegraph newspaper
Today I went to a Cutting Edge workshop to make postcards – yes more!!!
I decided on the one design of the one below after rummaging through photographs and it gave me the opportunity to practice my free machine embroidery.
The background fabric has been printed on the computer. I have then cut out the window and shutters from fabric scraps and appliqued them on to the fabric. I have put lace behind to give the impression of lace curtains. I have used dyed scrim for the bottom of the window to give the impression of lots of foliage and then free machine embroidered flowers over the top. I have made the wisteria by couching thread and free machine embroidering stems and leaves. I have used variagated thread to make the wisteria flowers.
I then went on to make a second postcard using an image of a hare printed on fabric with scraps of silk fabric to make a crazy paving design. I finished the card off with a little cotton lace and fussy cuts from lace fabric.
My third postacrd is work in progress……..
Posted in Machine embroidery
Tagged beach scene, computer printed fabric, cotton lace, couching thread, embroidered flowers, fabric beach scene, fabric postcard, fabric postcards, fabric window postcard, foliage, free machine embroidery, Fussy Cut, hare, lace curtains, photographs, shutters, silk fabric scraps, silk scraps, stems and leaves, window, wisteria
I have been on a bit of a mission sewing recently.
After buying a quilting magazine – which is quite unusual for me – I was inspired to empty the box of selvedge edges that I have acculumultaed over the years to make a quilt. And… I am quite pleased with the result so far. I am using the Karin Helaby exploding pineapple design to make the blocks.
Keeping to the scrap theme I have used fabric scraps from my overflowing bin and rummaged through my fabric stash to coordinate suitable fabrics and hopefully will be able to continue along these lines to complete the whole quilt. What a challenge this will be as there is always the temptation to buy some new fabrics just in case!
I have also been making little pictures from scraps of cream and white fabrics – which you can see in the background photograph above. I have layered up the fabrics then hand sewn over them to trap all the fabric in place.
Having bought lots of fat quarters in New Zealand because they were so lovely I have been inspired to make another quilt – which is also work in progress. Making the quilt blocks isn’t a problem but once that process is fimished I am useless at basting the quilt together ready for sewing. Fortunately, some very good friends helped be at a recent Cutting Edge meeting and I am now in the process of quilting.
Corinne and Keris
Many thanks to Corinne, Keris and Liz for their help.
Hopefully I will be posting the finshed quilts soon!
Posted in News
Tagged cream fabric, Cutting Edge textile group, exploding pineapple, fabric scraps, fabric selvedges, fabric stash, Karin Helaby, Kiwi, New Zealand, New Zealand fabrics, photograph, quilt magazine, quilting magazine, selvedges, white fabric